Junk food again tied to asthma, eczema and hay fever in children

Junk food again tied to asthma, eczema and hay fever in children

Kids who eat fast food three or more times a week are far more likely to have more severe allergic reactions such as asthma, allergies or eczema.  What a surprise.

This is the largest international worldwide study to date on allergies in young people across the world.  The findings are “remarkably consistent” globally for both boys and girls and show up the same way regardless of family income or status.

Study results:

  • Eating 3 or more junk food meals per week increased the risk of severe asthma by 39% among teenagers
  • Eating 3 or more servings of fruit per week reduced the severity of symptoms 11% among teenagers
  • Eating 3 or more junk food meals per week increased the risk of severe asthma by 27% and increased the risk of rhinitis and eczema in children
  • Eating 3 or more servings of fruit per week reduced the severity of symptoms 14% among children

“This research adds to previous studies that suggest a person’s diet can contribute to their risk of developing asthma.  Evidence suggests that the vitamins and antioxidants found in fresh fruit and vegetables have a beneficial effect on asthma.  Therefore Asthma UK advises people with asthma to eat a healthy, balanced diet including five portions of fruit or vegetables every day, fish more than twice a week, and pulses more than once a week”
Malayka Rahman, research analysis, Asthma UK.

“The study adds to a growing body of evidence of the harms of fast foods”
Hywel Williams, a professor of dermato-epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, England.

“Eating fast food is not healthy for a multitude of reasons.  It’s notorious for being high in sodium, saturated fat, trans- fats and refined and processed carbohydrates, and low in essential healthy nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, healthy unsaturated fats and fiber.  I cannot imagine any parent would choose the convenience of fast food over their child’s health if they fully understood how deleterious a diet of fast and junk food is to children”
Samantha Heller, an exercise physiologist and clinical nutrition coordinator at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby.

Full story: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/01/14/fast-food-tied-to-asthma-eczema-and-hay-fever-in-kids?page=2

Full story also: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/world/junk-food-diet-linked-to-asthma-581112.html

Study titled ‘The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood’ as published in the January 14, 2012 online issue of Thorax.  The researchers looked at asthma and allergies data on over 319,000 teenagers aged 13-14 from 51 countries, and over 181,000 children aged 6-7 from 31 countries.  As reported on January 14, 2013 by HealthDay News and The Irish Examiner.

 

Posted: Sunday 20 January 2013

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